Study finds similar outcomes for two different weight-loss procedures

Is one type of bariatric surgery better than another? A study published online Dec. 9, 2020, by JAMA Surgery aimed to find out. It compared two of the most common weight-loss surgeries — laparoscopic gastric bypass procedure and a less aggressive procedure known as a laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy — to determine which had better results when it came to weight loss and improvement in quality of life.

Study authors conducted a randomized trial involving 240 people ages 18 to 60 with morbid obesity. One group underwent a gastric bypass procedure, which surgically shrinks the stomach to a small pouch that connects to the small intestine; the other group underwent laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy, which removes about 80% of the stomach, leaving behind a narrow, tube-shaped portion.

The gastric bypass group got slightly better weight-loss results than the sleeve procedure, but both groups saw the same improvements in quality of life after the procedure. In the seven years following the procedure, people who got the sleeve procedure lost 47% of their excess weight, but the gastric bypass group lost a little more, on average 55% of their excess weight. Researchers described the difference as “statistically significant,” but not “clinically relevant.” The findings might be worth discussing with your doctor.

Bible verses for today’s meditation and inspiration: Matthew E. McLaren

“If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!” – Matthew 7:11

 “A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.” – Proverbs 17:22

 “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” – Philippians 4:6

 “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” – Proverbs 4:23

 “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” – 2 Timothy 1:7

 “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters,[a] whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.” – James 1:2-3

 “In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.” – Proverbs 3:6

 “Commit your actions to the LORD, and your plans will succeed.”- Proverbs 16:3

 “Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds!” Luke 12:24 – Luke 12:24

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